A presentation by the Accessibility Community Equity (ACE) committee and the York Federation of Students

January 31st, 2012

 2:30 – 4:30

Health Nursing and Environmental Studies Building room 140

This interactive discussion will focus on the erasure of indigenous history in Canada and the barriers to solidarity posed by colonial products such as internalized racism and shadism within Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) communities. Panelists will raise awareness of the ways Aboriginal  people, as well as, Indigenous spirituality and pedagogy are systematically excluded within Canada through the façade of multicultural policy and the academic industrial complex, of which York University is a part. A discussion of the ways indigenous scholars, community members, youth leaders and students are reclaiming space will conclude this insightful discussion.


Jacqui Lavalley

Traditonal Ojibwe Kokomis’ of the Greater Toronto Area.  PhD student.

Janine Manning (Ojibway)

Treasurer, Aboriginal Student Association at York. Native Women’s Resource Centre. Bachelors in Environmental Studies student.


Megan Bertasson (Cree)

MA Socio-Legal Studies, York University


 Robin Beneshii Cavanagh

Anishinaabe Helper, Fire Keeper, and faculty member of the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

For more information contact ciann.wilson@gmail.com

Or visit https://aceatyorku.wordpress.com/